Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Department: College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS)
Associate Director of Research Development:
George Mason University's College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS): invites well-qualified candidates to apply for a newly created position, Associate Director of Research Development, as part of an expansion of Research Development Services in the College. The position will provide leadership and support to CHSS researchers/scholars to develop fundable projects and to craft competitive funding proposals to external sponsors to support their research, scholarly and creative works (RSCW). The College submits about 190 proposals a year for external funding and manages about 200 active grants worth ~$19 million in annual research expenditures. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.
Responsibilities: The Associate Director of Research Development, reporting to the Associate Dean for Research, will be integral to shaping the growth, development and success of this new initiative. Position duties include:
Research Development Consultation:
Assess short- and long-term funding needs and identify funding opportunities and strategies, as well as local resources and connections to advance research agendas;
Work with faculty at all stages of their careers – newly hired, mid- and later- career researchers, providing guidance and services according to needs and interests;
Identify and cultivate interdisciplinary, collaborative research opportunities;
Coordinate research development activities, including faculty networking, and peer-to-peer faculty activities, aligning with other university and CHSSfaculty development initiatives.
Review sponsor guidelines and create a detailed proposal-writing work plan;
Provide feedback and editing of proposal narratives;
Help draft or secure supporting documentation;
Develop proposal development resources, such as sample narratives, sponsor specific sections, and descriptions of college facilities and resources;
Conceptualize and define budget needs.
Complex (Multi-unit or Large) Proposal Development and Management:
Coordinate team proposal writing process;
Work with partner institutions or other Mason units (within CHSS and across the university) to coordinate proposal and budget development;
Encourage and facilitate international proposals.
Coordination of Internal Funding Competitions:
In collaboration with the Associate Dean for Research, solicit applications, convene review panels, recommend awards for College/University funded current & emerging initiatives;
Promote participation in university funded, multidisciplinary proposals;
Follow-up with internal funding recipients related to reporting and dissemination of results, and continuation of RSCW and strategy for seeking additional external funds.
Research Development and Promotion:
Create and present events and programs that advance the conduct of research, scholarship and creative works, e.g. faculty-led forum such as
Internal Number: 45317
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